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26th VOSH Annual Meeting 2018

October 12 – 14, 2018, Montreal, Canada

Theme: “United VOSH” 

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Seva Canada believes that women and girls are as deserving of sight as men and boys and hopes that Canadians join their movement for equity in the treatment of blindness.

https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/03/08/1418316/0/en/Blindness-is-a-Women-s-Issue.html See also August 2017 paper which notes that there were 253 million people with visual impairment—and a staggering 1.1 billion people with near vision impairment–in 2015. This Vision Loss Expert Group paper sets the stage for an updated IAPB Vision Atlas on World Sight Day... read more

VOSH-MINNESOTA named V/I March 2018 Chapter of the Month

VOSH-MINNESOTA COMPLETES 100TH MISSION VOSH-Minnesota hit the century mark in missions as reported by long time chapter President and Jim Hess, OD, a 2016 recipient of the VOSH/International Harry I. Zeltzer Lifetime Achievement Award.  After serving for 30 years of dedicated service as Chapter President, Jim stepped down over the last weekend. Filling the formidable shoes is newly elected VOSH-MN President Stacy Hinkemeyer-Colatrella, OD, FAAO. We salute Jim Hess and our best wishes to Stacy as she takes over the leadership role for VOSH-MN.  The Chapter of the Month cited VOSH-MN for its long history much of which had Jim Hess at its helm: “VOSH-Minnesota is proud of its history and leadership. One of the original VOSH chapters, Minnesota went on its first mission in 1976 and has lead at least one trip per year ever since, traveling to 31 different countries. We just completed our 100th mission last year, and trip 101 ready to leave next month. Our history of leadership has provided 2 VOSH/International presidents, including its first, Dr. Russ... read more


 The amazing VOSH-India, led by the dynamic and marvelous dedication of Chapter President Yogita Rajgandhi, is the VOSH/International selection as the first VOSH Chapter of the Month of 2018. Optometric activities in India are extraordinary and Yogita and VOSH-India are central in spreading the word and in deed on visual health as the three linked reports forwarded by VOSH-Indias President Yogita Rajgandhi, OD testify.   Think of thousands throughout India observing World Sight Day in multiple activities See The Indian Optician November-December 2017 – well worth readying for the activity and the background of it all: http://www.yogitarajgandhi.com/Yogita%20ND%202017%20WSD.pdf   Think of events surrounding the 10th anniversary of the Netra Mandir Optometry Institute in Mumbai. About 430 delegates registered for the first event, a Continuing Optometric Education (COE) program for optometrists. The distinguished speakers included VOSH-India President Yogita Rajgandi speaking on “Recent technology in management of low vision” Read of the other associated events at: http://www.yogitarajgandhi.com/Yogita%20ND%202017%20Netra%20Mandir.pdf   When the AAI Foundation organized an event for Visually Impaired People to celebrate World Disability Day, the chief guest was VOSH-India President Optometrist Yogita, pictured below. After speaking at the event, Dr. Rajgandi was interviewed by Samay National News and aired on television.   The activities and achievement goes on. Congratulations to VOSH-India, VOSH Chapter of the... read more

Our Children’s Vision Partners Meeting

I had the opportunity to attend the Our Children’s Vision Partners Meeting on February 5th and 6th, 2018 in Chilaw, Sri Lanka.  Our Children’s Vision is a global effort lead by Brien Holden Vision Institute and has 73 partner organizations, one of which is VOSH/International.  Attending the meeting were 50 participants representing 25 of the partner organizations.  This is a powerful initiative by the Brien Holden Vision Institute with the purpose “to upscale, accelerate and expand access to eye health services to more children in more locations”.  To date, this program has screened 18 million children with the goal of providing services to 50 million children by 2020. They have developed guidelines and work towards sustainable system change.  Mechanisms of this campaign include: Powerful partnerships Child eye Health services Driving awareness Local knowledge Support for services Our Children’s Vision is leading this call to action by: Advocacy for changes to policy, practice and financing Health education and promotion Research Practioner and Health Worker education Harness Technology driven solutions Disability Inclusiveness Alignment with child health, welfare and development policies, the SDGs and the GAP Creating access to eyecare will enable children to access education and ensure best quality of life.  Children should not be hindered in their education because of a vision problem.  Children’s eye health must be part of children’s health and education and integrated into local health policies.  Our Children’s Vision is bringing all partners together for global development and consolidated efforts to drive sustainable change.  You can find out more information about this campaign and lend your support at... read more